| Apr 15, 2014
| 10:48 AM
Talking toys have been around since at least 1960, when pull-the-string Chatty Cathy debuted. But Teddy Ruxpin, a cuddly teddy bear that hit stores in late 1985, marked a technological leap forward.
Created by then-Granada Hills resident Ken Forsse, the...
| Apr 14, 2014
| 12:15 PM
Sound familiar? Your normally cheerful spouse has suddenly, and inexplicably, turned cranky and an otherwise pleasant day is fast becoming a scene from "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf."
When you see those storm clouds gathering in your significant...
| Apr 12, 2014
| 8:00 AM
"How you doin', baby?" Marlon Wayans said, leaning down to kiss a doll on the lips.
The toy, a prop from Wayans' latest movie, "A Haunted House 2," was propped up in a chair across the table from the actor at a stuffy Beverly Hills restaurant. The doll,...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Nick Stepka knew what gift would make his daughter's third birthday a hit, and it wasn't a toy or doll.
He gave her a tablet — not a sleek new iPad or a hand-me-down Samsung, but one specifically designed and marketed for little ones. It even came...
| Apr 7, 2014
| 1:49 PM
For investors, a volatile stock market passed a worrisome milestone on Monday.
The market logged its longest losing streak in two months, and extended a sell-off that began last week.
After biotechnology and internet stocks pulled the market lower...
| Apr 7, 2014
| 6:40 AM
Amazon is offering a $10 credit with the purchase of certain toy products.
Both Mattel and Fisher Price are participating in the offer. To earn the credit, shoppers must buy three Mattel or three Fisher Price toys.
Here are the rules:
"For a limited...
| Apr 6, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Animation giant Pixar uses technology only as a means to an end; its films are rooted in human concerns, not computer wizardry.
The same can be said of the new book "Creativity, Inc.," Ed Catmull's endearingly thoughtful explanation of how the studio he...
| Apr 4, 2014
| 3:23 PM
“Everyone dies with secrets, why can’t I?” Convalescing at home after a fall, Lilith Fischer, age 87, is snappish with her son on the phone, rude to her in-home aide and determined to keep the memories of her youth buried.
| Apr 3, 2014
It's a bit of technology whose name might elicit a puzzled look from millennials, and it sounded — scratchily — over the phone from Diana Krall's apartment.
Those familiar with the history of vinyl will know that 78 rpm records, or 78s,...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 8:22 AM
The Burbank City Council on Tuesday honored a Burbank couple who saved a 3-year-old boy — using a box spring and some quick thinking — when he plunged out a third-story window last month.
Jennifer and Konrad Lightner were moving out of their...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 8:38 PM
Four Maryland employees made about $255,000 in improper purchases — including guitars, plane tickets and toy soldiers — with state credit cards intended for business spending, a state audit of the program found.
The audit concluded that...